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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Daylight Is Burning

Daily Draw: Tarot Of The Origins ~ World

This card reminds me today I am the tiniest cog on the world's wheel, a grain of sand on the world's beachfront, a blip in the grand wheel of time. What I think and do really doesn't matter to anyone but me and to keep that perspective in mind. Butt out. Shut up. Relax. Breathe. Get on with my life, daylight's burning.

"The suspicious believe everybody to be suspicious; the liar feels secure in the thought that he is not so foolish as to believe that there is such a phenomenon as a strictly truthful person; the envious see envy in every soul; the miser thinks everybody is eager to get his money; the sinner looks upon the saint as a hypocrite." ~ James Allen ~ 1855-1942

Monday, August 30, 2010

Too Much Too Fast Too Often

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Origins ~ Temperance/Source

It is in our nature to continue. To grow and flow and become. For most of us anyway, unless part of that becomes an obsession.

I'm reminded by this card why it is so easy to give advice; we can see someone else's situation clearly. Not so our own. I wonder if what our subconscious recognizes would be why we say "I wish I could do it all again...knowing what I know now". That is Temperance speaking, ever working to maintain the balance between under and over everything.

"I just kind of conjure it up out of my subconscious and do it in order of ascending peculiarity." ~ Edward Gorey 1925-2000

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Harvest

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Origins ~ 9 of Wands/Nature

This card represents the burden of work man must do to survive. For most of us it just seems to go on and on and on. For some reason this week I am so tired I can hardly put one foot in front of the other. It isn't normal, but each day makes me think what it must feel like to be a lot older than I am.

I'm reminded in this month of harvest, regardless of circumstances our health actually runs the show. Without that strong partner anything else we strive to do is twenty times harder than it should be. To guard and nurture my health is my first task in my burden of work.

"Beside the ungathered rice he lay
His sickle in his hand." ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1807-1882

This week I'm using the 2000 Lo Scarabeo Tarot of the Origins by Sergio Toppi. It is an exceptionally earthy tarot, a raw and untamed Fool's journey through culture's beginnings. The suits are renamed to suit the theme: Wands = green Nature; Swords = red Blood; Cups = blue Soul; Coins = yellow Jewels.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Door Number Three Please

Daily Draw: Pearls of Wisdom Tarot ~ 2 of Swords

More decisions, and sometimes it seems like all our choices are crummy.

I'm reminded by this card, that not making a decision is also a decision, and making an unpleasant one then gives us the opportunity for making better ones. The situation has to move forward to change and sometimes we forget that when worrying about the problem at hand. Cheap, easy, or popular, shouldn't have the louder voice.

"The percentage of mistakes in quick decisions is no greater than in long-drawn-out vacillation, and the effect of decisiveness itself 'makes things go' and creates confidence." ~ Anne O'Hare McCormick 1882-1954

Friday, August 27, 2010

Teamwork

Daily Draw: Pearls of Wisdom Tarot ~ 4 of Wands

Cooperation works wonders. Any workplace or family is proof, if you've been there you'll know what I mean.

"A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving." ~ Albert Einstein 1879-1955

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I Know You...Don't I?

Daily Draw: Pearls of Wisdom Tarot ~ 3 of Coins

We have a art/craft fair here next month I'm looking forward to. I absolutely love looking at the output of creativity that abounds. It is also fun to see someone I only know from the bank or grocery with a table of wares that introduce a whole new facet of their personality.

Kalama is a little town, four blocks 1500 residents. It is easy to fall into the idea I know everyone to some extent, it is refreshing to be reminded I don't, not at all.

"What a person shows to the world is only one tiny facet of the iceberg hidden from sight." ~ Sherrilyn Kenyon 1965-

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Big World Little World, It Comes To The Same

Daily Draw: Pearls of Wisdom Tarot ~ World

For many of us, family is world, regardless of how full and varied and big life might be; this deck's existence is based on that truth.

I'm reminded by this card of how suddenly grey and cold life would be without my Rob. And how thankful I am for his presence in my world.

"A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out." ~ Walter Winchell 1897-1972

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Personal Pathway

Daily Draw: Pearls of Wisdom Tarot ~ Knight of Cups

There is a whole lot going on in this image; what draws my eye is he is nurturing his own path as are the two figures ahead of him.

I'm reminded by this card to get anywhere, physically or spiritually, we need to seek and secure our own path. Waiting for someone else to always show us, tell us, or lead us may be the easy way, but is also the most unsatisfying route in the end.

"We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it's another to think that yours is the only path." ~ Paulo Coeleo 1947-

Monday, August 23, 2010

Brainpower

Daily Draw: Pearls of Wisdom Tarot: Hierophant

I'm kind of blank today so this image has been sitting here without any of my yadayada for an hour. But...in that time I've done some research on hypertension and blood pressure, the Supreme Slider, how waterproof various colored pencils might be as quilt embellishment, salmonella in eggs...

I'm reminded by this card that doing in-depth study of Ancient Egypt and historical runic tradition might be what I think of when the subject of learning comes up, but in truth I'm learning things from morning to night. Aren't our brains amazing receptacles?

"I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow." ~ Woodrow Wilson 1856-1924

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Feet In Your Shoes

Daily Draw: Pearls of Wisdom ~ 6 of Swords

Stay or go? Yes or no? Forward or reverse? Him or her? Those larger questions that deserve and require more than a snap decision can be boogers and often while we tussle with them it seems to turn the rest of our life to sludge.

I'm reminded by this card we like our comfort zone, even if it doesn't fit anymore. That sometimes our decisions can and will hurt someone and there is no way around that fact. Life will happen whether we decide or not...

"You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose." ~ Dr. Seuss, The Places You'll Go, 1990

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Unfettered

Daily Draw: Pearls of Wisdom 9 of Cups

Spiritual enlightenment. Is there such a thing in the everyday sense of life? I've know any number of friends and family who have been born again, embraced a specific religion and it's like their minds slam shut rather than open to peace and joy and acceptance of fellow man. Suddenly it's my way or the highway or you are doomed to Hell and all of a sudden they know scripture and verse from their chosen tome to prove it to those who choose to remain unfettered by labels. Or whose label differers from theirs.

I'm reminded by this card how much it makes my heart ache to see people close off rather than open up. Spirituality should fill our inner well and flow over rather than become a hard arid kernel that becomes an obsession to polish.

"Religion is for people who are scared to go to hell. Spirituality is for people who have already been there." ~ Bonnie Raitt 1949-

Friday, August 20, 2010

Diddled

Daily Draw: Pearls of Wisdom Tarot ~ 4 of Cups

Some idiot in Vancouver has gotten my husband's cell number and has called several times to congratulate him on winning a cruise of choice, a new car, and/or several and sundry other prizes. It's bosh, a type of time-share come on; some of my elderly clients have gotten the same call over the years. And the sad thing is they all believed it. And came home wiser and madder, missing four hours of their lives, and owners of a cheap toaster.

I'm reminded by this card that glam and glitter, unearned and unseen, can often distract us from examining facts and using common sense. Daydreams are fun and to a point healthy...but they are also a dirty scammer's strongest tool.

"A certain portion of the human race certainly a taste for being diddled." ~ Thomas Hood 1795-1845

Thursday, August 19, 2010

One Thing, All At Once

Daily Draw: Ancient Wisdom Tarot ~ Ace of Wands

A random on-line draw today, I'm away from home and decks. I think this deck is Russian. It is a beautiful card and speaks clearly of the seed and leafing of new actions, and what going forward can achieve, even unto an edifice that dazes the world in it's magnificence of creation.

I'm not out to daze the world but I do set standards for myself I never expect of someone else. Speaking of which I'd best get cracking on my day.

"Most of us can easily do two things at once; what's all but impossible is to do one thing at once." ~Mignon McLaughlin 1913-1983

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Cleansing

Daily Draw: Pearls of Wisdom Tarot ~ Ace of Cups

A spiritual, emotional, and physical clearing and cleaning is taking place.

I'm reminded by this card this month I seem to finally be waking up and moving on from the grief and lethargy that has colored my world this year. It is a wonderful feeling. Sometimes we need to acknowledge the emotions we feel are holding us together can become binding chains when we aren't looking.

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." ~ Woody Hayes 1913-1987

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Blind Side

Daily Draw: Pearls of Wisdom Tarot ~ Moon

The moon is not lit from within, it simply reflects the sun. The woman has forgotten this, and is working up rituals to be more, have more.

I'm reminded by this card it is so easy to mistake want for need and to covet what we don't have while completely ignoring the material and natural wealth that surrounds us always, everywhere.

"You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance." ~ Kahlil Gibran 1883-1931

Monday, August 16, 2010

Who You Are or What You Are?

Daily Draw: Pearls of Wisdom Tarot ~ 7 of Wands

Adoration and adulation. Sometimes we are the crowd and sometimes the star.

I'm reminded by this card that we never really know someone else, nor can they ever truly know us. Many things in our life are unshared and that is quite to the good. If we have grown because of actions we might regret in the past, who and what we are today is the only important thing isn't it? Rock on...but keep it real.

"The laughs mean more to me than the adoration. If two girls walk up to me and one says 'you're cute', I'll say thank you, but I appreciate it much more when the other one says 'you make me laugh so much'." ~ Michael J. Fox 1961-

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Spoils To The Victor

Daily Draw: Pearls of Wisdom ~ 6 of Wands

"Victory!" she cried, as for the nine hundred and ninety-ninth time she succeeded in a computer challenge. I really do not understand how computers manage to work at all. I have four (not on purpose, you had to be there) and none of them work the same. The last two months the problem has been a McAfee Secure Search pop-up. It freezes the office computer and won't go away on the upstairs computer. It doesn't bother the laptops at all.

I'm reminded by this card, my final solution is 'heads will roll'. If something really isn't working and all effort to the contrary has failed, it is time for a new solution. My office computer is working beautifully this morning, it is good to be back in the real saddle again.

"The winner ain't the one with the fastest car its the one who refuses to lose." ~ Dale Earnhardt 1951-2001

Pearls of Wisdom is the complete antithesis of the spartan Etruscan Tarot of the past weeks. Painted over several years by Roxi Sim as a outlet for her grief; the pearls represent her mother, the rainbows and gems represent her son. The digest sized 150 page booklet which is boxed with the second edition cards is very well done with a color image of every card, two or three pages for each major and a full page for each minor. This is a very busy deck from my normal tastes, but I tipped over when I realized she had included runes in the borders. Runes being my field of study this year.

The first edition has white borders and a much smaller book, (2007) the second edition has narrow blue borders, a much better frame for the art. (2008) Both published by 7th House, The Woodlands, Texas.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Tenderness

Daily Draw: Etruscan Tarot ~ 9 of Cups

Tenderness.

Worth our weight in gold.

"When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?" ~ Eleanor Roosevelt 1884-1962

Friday, August 13, 2010

Lend A Hand

Daily Draw: Etruscan Tarot ~ 10 of Wands

Great depiction! Most RWS decks present the 10 of Wands with one man bent over with a large burden, trudging uphill. Here we see four hands make light work of any job.

I'm reminded by this card of just how often this has been true in my life.

"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Heart of the Flute

Daily Draw: Etruscan Tarot ~ 4 of Wands

The Etruscans predate the Romans but that doesn't make them ancient in the real course of time. My info-junkie mind googled oldest musical instrument and found playable bone and ivory Neanderthal era flutes at 35000 years back which blows the next oldest 9000 year old Chinese flutes off the time map.

This reminds me that each generation thinks they invented everything, but nothing is new, including sense of family and community, celebrating and belonging. I haven't a musical bone in me, yet have made flutes from fresh blackberry canes and birch limbs and played them around the crackling night campfire with family and friends.

"The heart, the center of a flute is soft. That has to be removed by the flute maker. And so then the flute player, of course, has the obligation to restore that, to replace it with his own heart." ~ Kevin Locke 1954-

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

What Did He Know?

Daily Draw: Etruscan Tarot ~ Death

Fascinating Death card. A fully dressed and armed warrior is moving a chess piece. And sometimes this is how death comes to us. A rabbit moves a rock, the rock moves the dirt, the dirt moves the mountain. And we are under it. Do we know, at that last second?

I'm reminded by this card of the death of my FIL this April. He'd quit eating 2 weeks before, he'd turned away any liquid for several days, he knew and I knew the day was upon us. Yet at that last moment his eyelids flew up and he made a startled movement, rising up to nearly a sitting position, and then he was gone. What did he see? What did he feel and think? Makes a believer out of me, that we do gain some kind of knowledge about the beyond before we go there that isn't tappable to those of us fully grounded in life.

"The soul afraid of dying never learns to live." ~ Bette Midler 1945-

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

To, Or Not To?

Daily Draw: Etruscan Tarot ~ 2 of Wands

The human mind and nervous system is the biggest magic I know. We are able to do many things without seeming to have had time to think at all. And then there are the times when we think things to death, back and forth, will we or won't we.

I'm reminded by this card, in the end it all comes all right anyway. Just do it.

"Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in." ~ Napoleon Bonaparte 1769-1821

Monday, August 9, 2010

Go Ahead, Make My Day

Daily Draw: Etruscan Tarot ~ 9 of Wands

Unlike the tattered survivor inside the low wall we often see on this card, this defender is outside the high wall, strong and vigilant, and prepared to take on all comers.

I'm reminded by this card, and my everyday pattern, of how difficult this is. To be vigilant, prepared, strong is my everyday goal. Somewhere in that November to May hospice care of my FIL I seem to have lost my...what? Moxie? My core self? My focus? I think that is it, my ability to focus on what is really important to me. This week I've made some small alterations to my norm...sort of setting up a mirror site as they say in computerese. And it is working so far, My resolve is unwavering, my fortress tools are stronger and today is a new day, once again. So far so good~

Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason.
~ Francis Bacon 1561-1626

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Leadership Magic

Daily Draw: Etruscan Tarot ~ Empress

This Empress is lying back on her cushions snapping her fingers at assorted groveling minions and serfs. Having been both minion and serf I know how trying finger snapping can be.

I am reminded by this card I'm not an officer of anything; please and thank you are universally magic words all across the human spectrum.

"I have been a believer in the magic of words since, at a very early age, I discovered that some words got me into trouble and others got me out." ~ Katherine Dunn 1945-

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Daily Draw: Etruscan Tarot ~ 4 of Coins

Holding on to what you have. Our income has been halved over the last three years. Has it made a difference in our day to day life? No. We have never been big spenders. But to our future? You bet. We can't save what we don't have. So we cling to what we do have.

I'm reminded by the empty abandoned overgrown house above us and the ones below us that many of our neighbors haven't been able to hang on, they been ripped from us, or just floated away in the night.


"But I told her why we just can't make it
I want you still but just can't take it
The time has come we oughta break it
Someone has to pay the price"

"Here Today and Gone Tomorrow" ~ Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner
Ohio Players 1968 album Observations in Time

Friday, August 6, 2010

Free To Be

Daily Draw: Etruscan Tarot ~ Fool

Yesterday we had the willingness to dance alone, today shows the freedom to do so.

I'm reminded by this card how truly fortunate I am to be born in a country where freedom is our birthright. To live in a part of that country where live and let live thrives. To be married to a man who doesn't pry or question what in the world I'm doing or thinking this time.

"Freedom to be your best is nothing unless you're willing to do your best." ~ Colin Powell 1937-

Thursday, August 5, 2010

One Hand Clapping

Daily Draw: Etruscan Tarot ~ Magician

This Magician is featured as 'Man Dancing Alone'. I had to think to see the magic in that, but there is you know. If we have no one else to dance with, dancing alone is better than not dancing at all.

I'm reminded by this card that being alone is zero excuse to miss out on life. I only get one after all and it has always been up to me to find or make the magic in it.

"I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do." ~ Robert A. Heinlein 1907-1988

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Hiding From The Pain

Daily Draw: Etruscan Tarot ~ 8 of Cups

How many kinds of pain are there? As many kinds as there are living creatures to experience them.

I'm reminded by this card hiding from pain is seldom effective. We can run, we can hide, but until we face it, name it, and deal with it, there is no escape, no succor.

"It is a reduction of our humanity to hide from pain, our own or others" ~ Wallace Stegner 1909-1993

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Joint Creativity

Daily Draw: Etruscan Tarot ~ 3 of Coins

I love to talk over projects with other creative people. A spark can turn into a conflagration of ideas, suggestions, and patterns to work from and toward.

"The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person." ~ Frank Barron 1922-2002

Monday, August 2, 2010

Life Skills

Daily Draw: Etruscan Tarot ~ Knave of Wands

This Knight sees his goal or prey and is willing and eager, but hasn't quite got the maturity or experience to achieve what he is working toward.

I'm reminded by this card we all need to walk before we can fly, we need to learn the basics correctly before we can expand on a task successfully.

"I think Mr. Smithers picked me for my motivational skills. Everyone always says they have to work twice as hard when I'm around." ~ Homer Simpson/Dan Castellaneta 1957

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Introvert Extrovert

Daily Draw: Etruscan Tarot ~ Hermit

I drew the Hermit the first day July also. I've heard the title Hermit directed at myself any number of times. It's never "wow, what a hermit" in admiring tones, it is usually "you are such a hermit" in ringing tones of exasperation or worse.

I'm reminded by this card we each dance to a different tune, and not always by choice. Much of what we are by maturity involves genes, environmental training, and habit. I look at people whose life is directed outwardly and wonder when they have opportunity to think for themselves, to recharge, to refill the well of creativity. And absolutely, with some envy.

I back-tracked the following quote through three sites and then lost the thread so has no author credited.This introvert description has me pegged.

"Introverts have more brain activity in their frontal lobes and when these areas are activated through solitary activity, introverts become energized through processes such as problem solving, introspection, and complex thinking."
"Extroverts on the other hand tend to have more activity in the back of their brain, areas that deal with processing sensory information from the external world, so they tend to search for external stimuli in the form of interacting with other people and the outside world to energize them."

For the dog days of summer this week introduces the 2006 tarot from Lo Scarabeo based on ancient Etruscan art. The Etruscans predated the Romans and the art for this deck was inspired by or came from tombs and necropoleis in what is now Tuscany. Art by Silvana Alasia, booklet by Riccardo Minetti.